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City to get special clinics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The UT administration has decided to start special clinics of homoeopathic and ayurvedic treatment for chronic diseases in six homoeopathic and ayurvedic dispensaries of the city. The departments of homoeopathy and ayurvedic medicine will start three special clinics each in their existing six dispensaries.

Qualified doctors would attend the patients suffering from various chronic diseases after the usual dispensaries timings. Through these special clinics, the administration intends to treat the poor, needy and the senior citizens who prefer indigenous system of medicines.

A press note issued by secretary health-cum-Ayush Krishana Mohan said the scheme would be further extended after assessing the response. This step of providing cure through the holistic system of medicines - ayurveda and homoeopathy - was initiated by the Ayush Department, Chandigarh administration.

Disclosing the implementation of the proposal, Ayush director Dr M.S. Bains said the special clinics would start functioning from March 7 and initially there would be no charges for the treatment. The Homoeopathic Department would conduct special clinics in Sectors 34, 27 and 47 where the treatment would be given on Wednesdays, Mondays and Fridays, respectively. Orthopaedics, gastroenterology and skin would be treated at Sector 34 dispensary, gynae, respiratory and ENT at Sector 27 dispensary and for allergy, rheumatoid and other ailments special treatment would be provided at homoeopathic dispensary in Sector 47.

The Ayurvedic Department of the UT Administration will conduct special clinics at ayurvedic dispensaries in Sectors 28, 33 and 24 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Sector 28 clinic would treat the disease of ano-rectal, Sector 33 clinic bone and joint neurological diseases and Sector 24 clinic would treat hypertension, bronchial diabetes, liver and kidney diseases.

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Serai for attendants at GMCH
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) started a serai in collaboration with the Lions Club, Chandigarh Central, for the attendants of ward patients yesterday.

Prof H.M. Swami, director-principal, GMCH, inaugurated the serai. Senior doctors, including the heads of the departments and president of the club Deepak Chopra, attended the function.

The serai is located in front of the entrance of the D block. Each bed in the serai would have a locker facility for the safety of the belongings of the inhabitants, a press note added.

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Speaking Out
‘Guilty Shers should be punished’
G.S. Paul

The Punjab hockey suffered a double blow on Monday. For Sher-e-Jalandhar not only lost the finals of PHL’s third edition against Orissa Steelers but also set a bad example on field after some of its players misbehaved with umpire Satinder Sharma during the match.

According to hockey experts, it is for the first time in the history of hockey that an FIH grade one umpire has been molested by players for awarding a goal to the opponents and the umpire has walked off field, refusing to return.

To top it all, none of the players involved in the brawl was penalised by the federation. Here are some of the reactions of those from the fraternity.

Chander Shekhar, senior vice-president, IHF, and president, Chandigarh Hockey Association: It is an unpardonable incident. We are in the process of taking a decision into the matter. We will take into account the lack of discipline shown by players on field. The players found guilty will have to pay the price for their conduct. I recall how during 1987-88 the entire hockey team of Punjab Police was disbanded for bad conduct in the final match of a tournament and a new team had to be formed later on. The decision will be taken after viewing the video clippings and strict action will be taken against the guilty players.

Harmeek Singh, former Olympian: This is for the first time that I have witnessed such a disgraceful act on field. Satinder is one of the best umpires in the world. The subsequent TV replays showed that he took the right decision. After all, he is a human being and he can be wrong sometimes. But Sher-e-Jalandhar players should not have reacted in such an aggressive manner. Moreover, when he asked for the third umpire’s decision, the players should have shown some patience and controlled their temper. The technical committee or inquiry committee should take stern action against such players.

Tarlochan Bawa, former Olympian: I was appalled at seeing such an unpleasant episode. Such tactics only reflect poorly on the sportsmanship of players. It appears as if they have no fear. In my opinion, stern action should be taken against those responsible for this shameful behaviour. The guilty should be suspended and an example must be set for other players. All players should abide by rules and regulations of the game.

N.S. Sodhi, chief coach, Chandigarh Dynmos: Umpire is an integral part of the game and is also a human being. Decisions are taken at the blink of the eye and at times an umpire can go wrong. But he should be given enough time to consult his fellow umpire or third umpire, who has the aid of video footage. 

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Speaking Out
‘Stadia are for sports, not politics’
G.S. Paul

The PCA ground as well as part of its complex was damaged during a mammoth turnout of people for the oath-taking ceremony held at stadium on March 2.

This is what some of the folks from the fraternity have to say on the issue:

Varinder Chopra, former Haryana Ranji player: It is a setback for the cricket fraternity. The use of stadium as Raj Bhavan, where such type of functions should ideally take place, is a mockery of sports culture. The stadium houses cricket pitch used for international matches. It is certainly not a place or ground where such political functions should take place. How can a ground hold a sea of humanity and not face the scars. Even if such functions were allowed, the playing area should be protected from the onslaught. As such, stadia are for holding sports activities and not political fucntions.

Nagesh Gupta, coach, St John’s Cricket Academy-26: It was disappointing to see the abuse of one of the best stadia in the world. A lot of effort and money goes into bringing up and maintaining such world-class infrastructure. The damage is tremendous. As the domestic cricket season is on, the damage may create hiccups. The sanctity of the stadium and sentiments of people should be borne in mind.

Sanjay Dhull, Ranji player: The ceremony desecrated one of the most important venues in the country. The outfield was scarred with pockmarks and the pitch was trampled. I feel it’s the worst thing that could have ever happened to the ground and cricket. It is disheartening to see the new government, which talked highly about developing sports infrastructure in the state, start on such a bad note. Now when the damage has been done, it’s their duty to bring it back into shape.

Arun Tuli, former Punjab Ranji player: Such activities should be held at open grounds. For political functions we have open spaces like Circus Ground, Parade Ground or Dasehra Ground in Mohali. Holding such a function at the cricket ground was unfortunate. The damage to the building was really disheartening to see. As a sportsperson, I appeal to the authorities concerned to make sure that this should not happen again.

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Badal ready to fix stadium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Punjab Cricket Association honorary secretary M.P. Pandove has said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has assured the stadium authorities of rectifying the damage done to the ground as well as building.

The PCA ground as well as part of its building had suffered the wrath of people who had gone there to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the new government on March 2.

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Correction fluid sale banned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The district magistrate, Chandigarh, has banned sale of correction fluids to minor children in the city for a period of 60 days. The district magistrate has issued these orders as a measure of emergency.

This order is being issued keeping in view that some minors, specially school going children are committing crimes after using correction fluid (white fluid generally used by typists for making corrections on typed matter). The order will come into force with effect from March 7 and will remain effective till May 7, 2007. 

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